Mapping the invisible landscape folklore writing and the sense of place kent c ryden foreword by wayne this book will lead its readers to an awareness of the vital role that a sense of place plays in the formation of local cultures to an understanding of the many layered ways in which place interacts with individual lives and to renewed appreciation of the places in their own lives . First published in 1993 by the university of iowa press the importance of mapping the invisible landscape folklore writing and the sense of place by kent c ryden cannot be understated alongside the last laugh by raymond moody it is one of the few books that has fundamentally changed my perception of the study of folklore and ghost stories. Any landscape has an unseen component a subjective component of experience memory and narrative which people familiar with the place understand to be an integral part of its geography but which outsiders may not suspect the existence of unless they listen and read carefully this invisible landscape is make visible though stories and these stories are the focus of this engrossing book . Drawing on methods and materials from geography folklore and literature mapping the invisible landscape offers a broadly interdisciplinary analysis of the way we situate ourselves imaginatively in the landscape the way we inscribe its surface with stories written in an extremely engaging style this book will lead its readers to an awareness of the vital role that a sense of place plays . Stanford libraries official online search tool for books media journals databases government documents and more
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